Archive for September 17th, 2009

The Totally-Not-Racist-At-All-Nope Party

RNC Chair Michael Steele explains that his party is Totally Not Racist:

Voicing opposition to the president’s policy proposals is not being a racist. It is being an American….

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This summer, Americans had an opportunity to witness the miracle of our political system. All over the country ordinary American men and women, concerned about the Democrats’ policies coming out of Washington, took a stand and expressed their opposition. It was grassroots American political activism at its finest. Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike voiced their opinions in public forums to public officials. It was a shining example of how our Republic was designed to function. This activism has not faded with the summer sun. Last week Americans from all walks of life flooded Washington D.C. and continued their public opposition to President Obama’s government-run experiments.

As an African American, I know what racism is and that is not racism….

True, protesting against the president is absolutely not racist at all, at least not inherently.  But as Mr. Aravosis points out, Mr. Steele may be overlooking some teensy-weensy racial undertones to the anti-Obama sentiments, although he left out a couple of classics. Pam Spaulding also has an excellent and depressing compendium of Republican racism.

If Obama is as horrible as the Republicans say, then surely there should be so much material to attack him with that they have no need to portray him as a monkey or a witch doctor, right?

September 17th, 2009 at 08:35pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Bad Faith

So I see it has finally reached the point where Max Baucus and Kent Conrad have given the Republicans everything they’ve asked for in the healthcare reform bill, and the Republicans are still unanimously refusing to vote for it.  I can’t really say I’m surprised on either count.

I guess there’s two ways this can go now.  Either Obama and the Democrats can brandish this as proof that trying to negotiate with the Party Of No is truly futile, and jam a much stronger bill through budget reconciliation… or they can reset this compromise of the compromise as the new starting point, and see if they can find a way to compromise that so some Republicans will vote for it.

Or they could forget that they’re not getting any Republican votes and just jam the Baucus Bill through reconciliation.   That would be awesome.

Hey, am I the only one who wishes the insurance industry were more like NARAL and Planned Parenthood? Then Snowe and Collins could vote for cloture, then vote against the bill, and still get effusive thanks for their loyalty.

September 17th, 2009 at 07:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

La Jolla Photoblogging Continues

Yep, more pictures from the photo walk with my uncle.

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September 17th, 2009 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Glenn Beck’s Guru

Just when I thought Glenn Beck couldn’t be any scarier…

Salon has the story of the creepy conspiracy theory fanatic who Glenn Beck idolizes and promotes at every opportunity.  He was too toxic and insane for the non-Birch/non-survivalist right of the 60s & 70s, but they seem to like his ideas just fine now.

September 17th, 2009 at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers


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